Школьный тур олимпиады английский язык 9 класс
Работу выполнил: Малых М.М., учитель английского языка первой
квалификационной категории МАОУ СОШ №2, 2015-2016 учебный год
ШКОЛЬНЫЙ ТУР ОЛИМПИАДЫ
Time: 15 minutes
You are going to read an extract from an autobiography. For questions 1-7, choose the an-
swer (A, B, C or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
(1) Although I left university with a good degree, I suddenly found that it was actually quite
hard to find a job. After being unemployed for a few months, I realised I had to take the first
thing that came along or I’d be in serious financial difficulties. And so, for six very long
months, I became a market research telephone interviewer.
(2) I knew it wasn’t the best company in the world when they told me that I’d have to under-
go three days of training before starting work, and that I wouldn’t get paid for any of it. Still,
I knew that the hourly rate when I actually did start full time would be a lot better than un-
employment benefit, and I could work up to twelve hours a day, seven days a week if I want-
ed. So, I thought of the money I’d earn and put up with three days of unpaid training. What-
ever those three days taught me – and I can’t really remember anything about them today – I
wasn’t prepared for the way I would be treated by the supervisors.
(3) It was worse than being at school. There were about twenty interviewers like myself,
each sitting in a small, dark booth with an ancient computer and a dirty telephone. The
booths were around the walls of the fifth floor of a concrete office block, and the supervisors
sat in the middle of the room, listening in to all of our telephone interviews. We weren’t al-
lowed to talk to each other, and if we took more than about two seconds from ending one
phone call and starting another, they would shout at us to hurry up and get on with our jobs.
We even had to ask permission to go to the toilet. I was amazed how slowly the day went.
Our first break of the day came at eleven o’clock, two hours after we started. I’ll always re-
member that feeling of despair when I would look at my watch thinking, ‘It must be nearly
time for the break’, only to find that it was quarter to ten and that there was another hour and
a quarter to go. My next thought was always, ‘I can’t believe I’m going to be here until nine
(4) It wouldn’t have been so bad if what we were doing had been useful. But it wasn’t. Most
of our interviews were for a major telecommunications company. We’d have to ring up busi-
nesses and ask them things like, ‘Is your telecoms budget more than three million pounds a
year?’ The chances are we’d get the reply, ‘Oh, I don’t think so. I’ll ask my husband. This is
a corner shop. We’ve only got one phone.’ And so the day went on.
(5) The most frightening aspect of the job was that I was actually quite good at it. ‘Oh no!’ I
thought. ‘Maybe I’m destined to be a market researcher for the rest of my life.’ My boss cer-
tainly seemed to think so. One day – during a break, of course – she ordered me into her of-
fice. ‘Simon,’ she said, ‘I’m promoting you. From tomorrow, you’re off telecoms and onto
credit card complaints. I’m sure you can handle it. There’s no extra pay, but it is a very re-
(6) Three weeks later I quit. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Circle the correct letter in boxes 1-7 on your answer sheet.
1 Why did the writer become a market research telephone interviewer?
A. He had completely run out of money.
B. He had the right university degree for the job.
C. It was the first job he was offered.
D. He knew it was only for six months.
2 The writer had doubts about the company when
A. they only offered him three days of training.
B. they told him he wouldn’t receive payment for his training.
C. they told him he had to be trained first.
D. he was told what the hourly rate would be.
3 His workplace could best be described as
A. large and noisy.
B. silent and dirty.
C. untidy and crowded.
D. old-fashioned and uncomfortable.
4 How did he feel when he realised it wasn’t time for the break yet?
A. He felt that he would have to go home early.
B. He felt that he wouldn’t survive to the end of the day.
C. He felt that the end of the day seemed so long away.
D. He felt that he must have made a mistake.
5 What would have made the job more bearable?
A. knowing that he was carrying out a valuable service
B. being able to phone much larger companies
C. not having to talk to shopkeepers
D. not having to ring up businesses
6 What was unusual about Simon’s promotion?
A. It showed how good he was at his job.
B. It meant he would be phoning different people.
C. It involved greater responsibility.
D. There was no increase in salary.
7 . What would be the most suitable title for this extract?
A. Typical Office Life
B. Unpleasant Employment
C. How To Earn a Decent Salary
D. You Get What You Deserve
Transfer your answers to the answer sheet!
USE OF ENGLISH
Time: 15 minutes
Decide which answer A, B, C or D best fits each gap (8-14). Circle the number of the answer
you have chosen.
THE POWER OF TORNADOES
You must have seen one of these disaster movies where a whole city is destroyed by a torna-
do. However, the truth about tornadoes is a bit different. It is true that tornadoes
(8)__________ terrible damage, but the area that they cover at any one time is actually quite
small. (9)__________ fact, this area is often not more than 100 m wide. So a tornado can de-
stroy a house on one side of a street, while a house opposite remains undamaged. What actu-
ally is a tornado? Well, it is much more than a (10)________ wind. It is a rotating column of
air, typically travelling at about 160 kilometres per hour. The tornado usually travels a few
kilometers before it disappears. While the effect on the ground is devastating, people
(11)_________ by might not even notice the tornado because of the dust and rain that often
comes with it. If the weatherman (12)_________ that a tornado is coming, you should defi-
nitely listen. The best way to (13)_________yourself and your family is to get underground.
Houses in danger areas often have special cellars for this purpose. Otherwise, you might find
yourself almost literally in the (14)________ of a storm.
8 A. make B. cause C. result D. lead
9 A. In B. By C. As D. For
10 A. hard B. strong